A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department official said that the man who drowned in the Salinas River late Friday night was homeless, according to The Associated Press.
Three homeless men were drinking under a bridge and fell asleep on a sandbar in the riverbed, Sgt. Aaron Nix told the wire service.
When they woke up, they found themselves submerged in rushing waters, Nix said.
The rain and snow caused the typically dry riverbed with a small creek to become a 30- to 40-foot-wide torrent, Nix told the AP.
He added that the death doesn’t appear to be suspicious.
Rescuers pulled the body of an unidentified man who drowned in the Salinas River in Paso Robles late Friday night, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.
Just before 11 p.m., a man called 911 to report that another man needed help in the river near the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Niblick Road, police said Saturday.
The drowning appears to have been an accident, according to police.
The man has not been identified positively, police said, and his body has been turned over to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department coroner investigators.